This is my first Pippa Grant story and I chose it simply because a male, romance reading librarian is unheard of as far as I know, and as of now, number one on my book boyfriend list! He can come knox knox knoxing on my door any time he likes. I also identified with Parker in oh so many ways. Her insecurities, her sucky high school experience, and...#bleep bleep bleep#. The story was real, heartfelt, snort out loud hilarious, and I aspire to one day be as awesome as Knox's grandmother. Definitely be purchasing more stories in this series!
This is my first book read of 2018 and first book I’ve read by Pippa Grant. It was a fun and lovely read which I really enjoyed. We meet Knox Moretti, he’s a librarian and also a very popular romance blogger known as Mr Romance. He attends a charity auction, wearing his Tarzan Loincloth, and is immediately attracted to the stunning women who bids $50,000 for a date with him, sadly she is immediately outbid by another women wo pays $100,000 to win the Auction. Parker Elliot attend a bachelor auction inn the hope of winning a hot guy to be her fake fiancé and attend her high school reunion. She bribed her boss to give her $50,000 which she thinks will be enough. Sadly she’s outbid on “Tarzan”.
When it comes to women Knox knows exactly what they want. He’s worked in a library for years, read thousands of Romance books. Every morning when the library opens there is queues around the block, unfortunately this hasn’t helped Knox, he’s made a few bad decisions and now his reputation has put his job in danger. Parker needs a man to pretend to be her fiancé and attend her high school reunion. Can Knox and Parker help each other??? Will their friendship turn into more??? This was a great first read for the year and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is the kind of romance book that can easily polarise readers. You’re either going to be snorting with laughter, cackling at the innuendos or you’ll be rolling your eyes at the crassness of it all. I fall into the group of snorting cacklers.
Foremost, this book pays homage to romance books and romance book readers. Knox Moretti, aka Mr. Romance, and our hero is a librarian and romance book blogger. He exhibits many traits of hardcore romance readers; his Kindle is filled with books, he is quick to recommend a book based on tropes, he wants to convert others, he gifts books to aid in said conversion, and he regularly consults his Goodreads shelves. I found myself highlighting all of the books Knox recommended and I admit to adding a few to my own Goodreads shelves.
Parker Elliott, the heroine, propositions Knox into playing her fake fiancé at her school reunion where an important business contact will be attending. Parker had a horrible time at high school and as a result never really shook off her insecurities. Add in several failed relationships and a perpetual case of foot-in-mouth syndrome, Parker is still a bundle of awkwardness 20 years later.
Knox and Parker embark on this fake relationship and it takes little time for the attraction to flare between them. These two really know how to get it on. But they both agree to a casual arrangement since neither is looking for commitment. Ah, the delusions of romance book characters...
There are many humorous and laugh out loud moments both between Knox and Parker as well as other secondary characters. And as funny as these characters were, there were just too many of them. After a time I found it hard to kept them all straight. I gave up and just went along for the ride.
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an easy to read, fast paced story that will have you craving more from her.
Parker is a socially awkward girl with a mission and confident librarian, Knox, could be the answer to Parker being successful.
From the beginning the story projects a great sense of fun, whether it is the character's reactions to things or about themselves or even different scenes, some good old fashioned chuckles were produced. This is an example of the nifty way this author has with words- 'I groan and wonder how much longer I can stay standing with my wonder dragon suffocating in my jeans.' (Knox thinking to himself)
This truly is a fabulous romance first and foremost however there are underlying elements that are smoothly woven into the story. Issues like low self confidence, self doubting and stereotyping all make appearances and play important parts. Told by both lead characters we gain a deeper insight into their personalities as well as the issues mentioned.
The intimacy between Parker and Knox is off the charts hot, hot, hot!
Another wonderful aspect of this novel is the recommendations of books and authors scattered throughout. I kept exploring each one and yes did go shopping on more than one occasion! 😂
These books just keep me in stitches. The characters are all so hilarious and crazy that you can’t help but love them. Parker is such a top chick that it was great to see her find such an amazing guy as Mr Romance as well as her own self confidence. Who wouldn’t love Knox with his Tarzan loin cloth, hot bod and unembarassed championing of romance books.